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Fragment

Fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1596-1615 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Figured satin silk (<i>rinzu</i>) with applied gold leaf decoration (<i>surihaku</i>), tie-dyeing (<i>kanoko shibori</i>) and embroidery in silk and metallic threads

  • Museum number:

    1588-1899

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment was originally part of a kimono and is one of the oldest Japanese textiles in the V&A's collection. Like many kimono fabrics it is patterned with a combination of dyeing and embroidery. It also features the use of gold leaf, surihaku, which has been fixed to the cloth with paste applied through a stencil. The use of surihaku, often as here in combination with embroidery and tie-dyeing, against a dark ground is a feature of kimono from the early 17th century.

Physical description

Fragment of kimono fabric with design of cascading cherry blossoms and chains, notched lozenges and circular motifs excuted with applied gold leaf, tie-dyeing (shibori) and small-scale embroidery on a dark figured satin silk (rinzu) ground

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1596-1615 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Figured satin silk (rinzu) with applied gold leaf decoration (surihaku), tie-dyeing (kanoko shibori) and embroidery in silk and metallic threads

Dimensions

Length: 58.5 cm, Width: 30 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Forrer Collection

Descriptive line

Fragment of kimono fabric, figured satin silk (rinzu) with applied gold leaf decoration (surihaku), tie-dyeing (kanoko shibori) and embroidery in silk and metallic threads, Japan, 1596-1615

Materials

Silk; Gold leaf

Techniques

Satin weave; Shibori; Embroidery; Technique

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Clothing; Textiles

Collection

East Asia Collection

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